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 Sworrd Buster by Andrew Brophy
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Review by Jabberwock
Sworrd Buster is a simple little arena shooter that is probably more fun to look at than it is to play, but lest that sound like a complaint, it's a lot of fun to look at.

You play as a little flying man who stumbles upon a magic sword and subsequently finds himself fighting swarms of enemies. The premise, as you might guess, is really not important. Like, at all. In fact, all you really needed to read from that sentence (and probably all you did read, you bloodthirsty hooligan) was "magic" and "swarms of enemies."

You move around with W, A, S and D, and you aim and fire with the mouse. This is really all there is to the gameplay. For some reason, this magical sword shoots blazing streams of magic, rather than doing normal boring sword things, so this makes it pretty cool. If you use it for more than a couple of seconds in one go, though, it'll need a recharge, lest you fall victim to some bat or hovering mechanical eyeball. Your character can take a fair number of hits, but there is no way, as far as I could tell, to replenish health.

But what does this matter, when you have eye-candy this wonderful? I mean, it's a pretty simple-looking game, really... and parts of it don't look that great, namely the player character. But it has some gorgeous lo-fi rainbow explosions, and your weapon looks like a sputtering stream of malfunctioning Commodore 64 graphics. These visuals are really simple, but they grab me somehow, and they make me want to play the game more. This is what graphics in an arcade game are for. The music is inobtrusive but provides some good ambiance (except for the fact that it doesn't loop perfectly), and the sound effects are nice and meaty, though I'd have gone for something a little more old-fashioned and glitchy myself, to match the aforementioned malfunctioning Commodore 64 graphics (but I say this about everything).

Unfortunately, though, this is all there really is to the game. I mean, what's there is done quite well (the main character moves a bit too quickly, maybe, and the lack of a visible cursor is slightly troublesome at times, but this is all), but it's just, well, not that much. Three varieties of enemy, no powerups, no way to regain health. With another day of work or so, this game could have been great. Instead, it's just good. But there's nothing wrong with good; you should play it either way.

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2009.07.01 flip82
Rating: 4

After I downloaded it and played it, I started to work on my game. Somehow, my game was corrupted and couldn't run.

After I deleted this game file, it started to work again. >:(

Anyway, make the view bigger so you can see more in the game.
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